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to help out. the u.s.s. ronald reagan arrived off the coast on sunday and made dozens of trips delivering aid. meanwhile, more video is emerging of the sheer scale of what's hit japan. take a look at this. in a moment, we'll go live to japan. but, first, here is my take. there have been many ways to try to make sense of the tsunami in japan. many analogies from history. the simplest for me is if you take the earthquake that hit new zealand a few weeks ago and multiplied it by 1,000, would you get the one that hit japan. or if you remember the one that devastated haiti last year? this one is several hundred times more powerful. that's why despite all of the precautions and preparedness, the devastation has been so great. in fact, most experts agree that in terms of safety plans and procedures, japan has done almost everything right. it's too soon to draw any important lessons here. too soon to do anything but mourn. but this tragedy does remind us, no matter how much advance work a country does. no matter how well the buildings are built, nothing can prepare you for this. but the work has
've often occurred in japan/u.s. relations, the taken for granted ally, slowly slip and not find its way forward. there's a dark side to this. in japan, when things haven't gone well, when you saw leader after leader, after leader as we've seen in japan's political cycles. unable to deal with the challenges at hand. you see a dark nationalism that grows, because of both a frustration that japan isn't hitting its mark and at the same time a frustration that the -- the paralysis that has dmom natured the political system is keeping japan from being the kind of nation it is. and there is a minority that takes this to the extreme. this could take us in dramatically different directions. >> and, briefly, are you optimistic that this could be the shock to the system that produces some action? >> it does bring out a lot of solidarity among the people and also basically to the political system to see that opposition doesn't exist. this is almost like when the terrorist attack hit the united states. we can put politics aside for a moment. very difficult to transform the structural side of the jap
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